By June, Ouray and Ridgway are humming along, all the shops and restaurants are open for business, hotels and motels greet travelers everyday, the jeep tour outfitters load vehicles of visitors into their vehicles and head to the high country. Even the hummingbirds have returned from their winter respite. Ouray County Colorado is alive and well come June. Here are events to enjoy during your stay to this beautiful section in southwest Colorado.
April 14 - July 5th: Special Exhibit at Ouray Museum: "A Century of Ouray County Farming and Ranching History 1875-1975" - The Ouray County Historical Society presents it first special exhibit of the 2011 season. Learn about the various types of ranching and farming that took place in Ouray County during the counties first 100 years.
June 3: Community Block Party in Ridgway: The Community Block Party will be on Friday June 3rd 6:00 to 9:00 – live music by Howard Berkman and The Big Bottom Blues Band
June 6-June 9: Ridgway Railroad Work Week: This annual event is patterned after the Friends of The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad work sessions. Come to Ridgway and spend some time in the beautiful San Juan Mountains and work on the Museum's historic narrow gauge rolling stock as well as participating in the rebuilding of Goose #4. We need people of all skills such as mechanics, painters, woodworkers, computer experts, skilled laborers, etc. Lunch is provided each day. Detailed work with instructions are provided by the various team leaders.
June 8, 15, 22, 29: Bingo at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Wednesday Night Bingo at the Elk's Lodge is open to the public and for all ages. It begins at 7:00pm throughout the summer.
June 8: Taste of Ouray: Enjoy tastings created by local chef’s while they feature the restaurants the cook for. 10+ food vendors, local brews and a cash bar. People's Choice Vote for the Best of Taste of Ouray! Ouray Community Center; 5pm - 9pm
June 11: Ouray Art Walk - Second Saturdays - 5pm - 8pm. Shops and Galleries that are participating include Window to Yesterday, Skol Gallery, Ivory's Trading Company and Gallery, San Juan Art Galleries, Dreamtime Gallery and Studio, Ouray Silversmiths, Ouray Glassworks and Pottery Company, Painting Marmot Art Supply, and Silver Linings. Many of the shops and galleries are offering refreshments, demonstrations and/or music at this time.
June 11: Trailbuilding School: The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Care Crew (TCC) will visit Ridgway, Colorado and provide the training. The all-day session trains participants in the techniques of building a sustainable trail. This course or similar training session is required for individuals seeking to be trail crew leaders for COPMOBA trail projects. It will also train a cadre of Ridgway residents to serve as trail stewards for the budding Ridgway trail system. The class will be held at the Ridgway Community Center on Railroad St.
east of the Town Park. The class is free, but a $10 donation is requested to defray the cost of lunch and t-shirts. The class begins at 8 AM, and ends at 4 PM. The class is limited to 25 participants, so sign up soon. Peak to Peak Bike Shop will sponsor the class. Reserve your space by contacting Bill Harris at 907-249-8055 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give your t-shirt size when signing up.
June 11: Mining Artifact Show: The Mining Artifact Show comes to Ouray on June 11, 2011. All dealers and collectors of mining artifacts are welcome and it takes place at the Ouray Community Center. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is offering a group rate for show vendors and collectors. Please mention the show to obtain your special rate.
June 11: Silverton Railroad Grade and Corkscrew Turntable Hike: --rescheduled for June 25.
June 11: Concert - Rocky Mountain High: Summer Kick Off for music entertainment of the John Adams and his band which is a glorious tribute to John Denver. Show starts at 7:30 at the Wright Opera House in Ouray. We can get your tickets for you in advance of your stay. Just let us know.
June 14, 21, and 28: Evenings in History Lectures: The popular lecture series kicks off in June and there will be a different topic each Tuesday night.
June 17: Concert: Trace Bundy: Described in some reviews as the "Ninja Guitarist," Trace Bundy returns to the Wright Opera House. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing him play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers. Show starts at 7:30. We can get your tickets for you in advance of your visit. Just let us know. Tickets are $15.
June 18: Centennial Ranch Festival: Centennial Ranch Festival will include talks, music, tours, family activities, more details to be announced. 11-4, Centennial Ranch on US 550, just south of Colona. This event is put on by the Ouray County Historical Society.
June 24: Concert - Trio Solisti: A world-renowned chamber music trio from New York, now considered to be the "Number One Chamber Music Trio" in America. Program includes Bernstein Trio, Chaussson Trio in G minor, and Dworak "Dumky" Trio. Tickets are $20 for adults (students FREE) are available at Buckskin Booksellers and Mouse's Chocolates Ouray, and Cimarron Books and Coffee in Ridgway and Coffee Trader in Montrose or on-line. General admission at the door.
June 25: Silverton Railroad Grade and Corkscrew Turntable Hike: Hikers will meet at the Ouray County Museum, 420 Sixth Avenue, Ouray at 9 am. Guided hike by Don Paulson, OCHS Curator. Sponsored by OCHS and The Ridgway Railroad Museum. In case of inclement weather call Don Paulson @ 325-0931 before 8 am to ascertain the hike status. We will car pool to the hike start. The hike is downhill on a railroad grade but the elevation is over 10,000 feet. Wear hiking shoes and bring appropriate clothing for June weather. $10 per person Fee.
June 26: Ridgway Community Garden Tour: The first garden tour sponsored by the Ridgway Community Garden will include an opportunity to tour some of the most exciting and beautiful gardens within the area of Ridgway. The unguided tour will terminate at the Ridgway Community Garden for lunch and a time to talk with other gardeners as well as those who offered their gardens for the tour. Tickets will be $15 and go on sale in May. Tickets will be able to be purchased at the Colorado Boy Brewery on Clinton & N. Cora Streets in Ridgway.